Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ask the Bastards #6

In ATB #6, we provide some in-depth sculpting help to a hobbyist looking to spruce up his skellies with some green stuff.

I need help with sculpting some basic items. I am trying to put some head dresses on my TK skellies to give them a little character. In addition, I am trying to sculpt the squared scale mail armor for the "skirts" to represent the light armor. I am having a hell of a time though, as I have never sculpted before. Can I get some advise from the resident sculpting bastard?


For a green stuff newbie, the first thing to realize is that it is usually much easier to create what you want separate from the model and then attach it later. Sticking a blob of green stuff to your fig and hacking/pushing/pulling at it, usually makes for a time consuming process with a mediocre result.

So for the first part of your question, the head dress, start with your typical ball of green stuff. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Once it has sat, roll it out into some long strips and let those sit for about 60-75 minutes.

This is what they should look like while they're waiting to cure. After the 60-75 minute mark, you should be able to handle them fairly easily by hand without getting your prints stuck on them. They will be fairly elastic and I usually pull them longer and thinner.

To make an arab sort of head dress, just pull this thin ribbon around the skellie skull a few times. It should stick to the model easily enough and stay in place while it finishes curing.

Here is one I did up very quickly. This used two thin green stuff ribbons.

You should be able to do a few different things with the ribbons. I'm not sure what you were looking for specifically but you could easily mimic TK archer head dress by draping a ribbon off each side with a green stuff ribbon head band.

In regards to the squared off scale skirts, we can also use the ribbons. Make them a little wider and let them cure a little longer. Once they're ready, use scissors to make a cut every few millimeters or so, however big you want your scales to be.

Scissors are a great tool for partially cured green stuff. Trying to make the cuts with a sculpting tool can actually malform the ribbon as the tool pushes through. Scissors slice clean.

For the scales, only cut about halfway in. Do a few ribbons like this and drape them on the model, starting with the bottom and work your way up.

Here are three layers of scales plus a fourth waistband layer going around the top. My scales are big, you could easily make them smaller. A whole unit of skellies like this would look great!

Good luck and stay focused. The first couple will be a bitch. By the last, you'll be a goddamn expert. Send us pics!


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